Belgian Brushstroke is the "Merc Life" pattern, seen from the jungles of Congo to the silver screens of Hollywood. First adopted in 1952, the "Moon and Balls" or "Congo" pattern Brushstroke was first issued by the Belgian Army, taking significant inspiration from the colour schemes of the British Army Denison Smocks during the Second World War. The pattern was widely utilized by Belgian airborne, commando, and marine units well into the 1970s. Perhaps more notoriously, it was utilized by various Mercenary and Gendarme units of the Congolese Army during the Congo Crisis of the 1960s. It features an incredible combination of "half moon" brushstrokes of overlapping green and brown shapes on khaki, which likely significantly developed the early development of the later Rhodesian Brushstroke pattern.
We’re proud to be replicating the pattern as a 1-to-1 scale copy of an original mint condition bolt of fabric manufactred by ABL Raka in the 1950s. We are the only company accurately providing the pattern exactly as it was worn during the Katanga Rebellion and Congo Crisis.
- 50/50 polyester cotton ripstop construction in Belgian "Congo" Brushstroke
- YKK fly zipper
- External knee pads w/ adjustable bungie cordage and rear straps (removable knee pads included)
- Forward facing utility pockets
- Tactical slant cut hand pockets
- Bar tack reinforcement at critical points of construction for long term durability
- Velcro secured adjustable waist
- Stretch material at knees and crotch
- Velcro secured blousing straps at leg cuffs
- Small: 30" waist, 30.5" inseam, 21.5" hip, 40.5" overall length
- Medium: 33" waist, 31" inseam, 22.5" hip, 41.5" overall length
- Large: 36" waist, 31.5" inseam, 24" hip, 42" overall length
- XL: 39" waist, 32" inseam, 25.5" hip, 43" overall length
- 2XL: 42" waist, 32.5" inseam, 27" hip, 44" overall length
- 3XL: 45" waist, 33" inseam, 28.5" hip, 44.5" overall length
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